The Livability List: Social Media Highlights, March 27-April 3

In this world of constant communication, it's hard to keep up with all the news in planning, land use, and agriculture. On Twitter and Facebook, 1000 Friends strives to keep you informed about what matters. In case you don't follow us, though, we're happy to introduce this feature, highlighting some interesting recent posts.

Simple Math: Investing in Downtowns Creates More Value

Emily Badger
Atlantic Cities
Fri, 03/30/2012 (All day)

The more you consider the math, the more it's obvious: investing in downtowns and existing neighborhoods isn't just an expression of values, it's a creator of value. It's value that stays in the community and is reinvested again and again.

This is true for urban and suburban cities, and small towns across Oregon:

Land Use Leadership Initiative Participants Visit Wine Country

On Saturday, March 10, participants in 1000 Friends of Oregon's Land Use Leadership Initiative had the opportunity to head to Yamhill County to consider how land use policies impact and support the wine industry in Oregon.

1000 Friends Releases New Face of Farming Report and Videos

In 2011, we traveled the state listening to farmers and ranchers discuss how Oregon's land use planning program can continue supporting today's changing agricultural practices. We called this project the New Face of Farming initiative.

Chris Leinberger Talks with Land Use Leadership Initiative Participants

Kevin Pozzi, Communications Intern
Tue, 02/21/2012 (All day)

Prior to a formal address on Wednesday evening, author, developer and self-described ‘land-use strategist’ Chris Leinberger led an engaging discussion over coffee and cookies with the Land Use Leadership Initiative participants at 1000 Friends of Oregon’s office.

Oregon Active Transportation Summit

Oregon Active Transportation Summit

April 16-17, 2012
Salem Convention Center

Event Date: 
Mon, 04/16/2012 (All day) - Tue, 04/17/2012 (All day)

2012 Legislative Session Underway: 1000 Friends Fighting Several Threats

While the 2012 Legislative session is a short session, opponents of Oregon land use planning have wasted no time proposing legislation that would continue to chip away at planning's potential to support thriving farms and forests, livable communities and active citizen engagement in shaping their communities.

Report: Active Transportation Is a Priority for Rural Areas, Too

By Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern

There is a common misconception that only residents of big cities bike and walk, and therefore active transportation investments are not well-suited to rural areas. A new report from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy tells a different story.  

1000 Friends' 2012 Land Use Leadership Initiative Launches

1000 Friends was proud to launch our 2012 Land Use Leadership Initiative last Friday night, January 20. The inaugural class of emerging leaders and their advisors came together in Portland for a rousing conversation about the history and implications of Oregon's land use planning system.

Inaugural Land Use Leadership Initiative Class Comes Together for Program Launch

Tara Sulzen, Outreach Coordinator
Tue, 01/24/2012 (All day)

On a rainy Friday afternoon January 20, participants in 1000 Friends’ 2012 Land Use Leadership Initiative journeyed to Portland from across the state to meet as a group for the very first time. The emerging leaders and advisors of our inaugural class shared their own Oregon stories with each other and reflected on all the reasons motivating them to work and advocate to create and preserve what we love about Oregon.

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